A happy Jeffrey Guan following his comfortable win in the Round of 16 – photo Chris Keane USGA  

Sydney’s Jeffrey Guan has reached the quarter finals of the US Junior Amateur Championship in Bandon in Oregon following his victories in today’s Round of 32 and Round of 16 matches.

Guan was up against Pennsylvania’s Nicholas Gross in the morning Round of 32 match-up and survived a tight encounter after being 2 down with just six holes to play.

Guan applied the after burner with three birdies in his next four holes and eventually won the match with a birdie to halve the 18th and win the match 1 up.

His afternoon encounter against Charlie Palmer for Arizona was a much easier encounter, Guan taking control of the match early to be 4 up through 8 holes. He reached 6 up through 12 and although he lost the 13th, the match was all over at the 14th with Guan the winner, 5&4.

“I am really excited,” said Guan. “The target for me this week was to make the top 64 and then focus on every match if I did make it. I did just that today.”

Tomorrow Guan faces Californian Eric Lee in an attempt to reach the Semi Finals. Lee, a Sunny Hills rising senior who plans to play for the University of California-Berkeley in 2023, knocked out incoming Long Beach State freshman and Servite High grad Jack Cantlay, of Los Alamitos, Calif., 2 and 1.

The winner of the 2021 American Junior Golf Association’s Tournament of Champions and runner-up in the 2021 Junior PGA Championship, Lee never trailed in beating the younger brother of reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year Patrick Cantlay.